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20 Apr
As the cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in the country, the sports fraternity in India is getting hit badly with more campers, elite athlete, coaches getting infected with the virus in Bengaluru, Delhi and Patiala.
While Olympic-bound rifle shooter Deepak Kumar tested positive in Delhi, a high number of athletes and coaches got infected at the South Centre.
Among the others, infected were a top athletics coach, who is hospitalised, a walker, jumper and a top middle and long-distance runner.
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20 Apr
Hours after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a six-day #lockdown in the national capital, hundreds of migrant workers crowded the Anand Vihar Bus Terminal to board buses for their native places.
The lockdown has been imposed from 10 am on April 19 till 5 am on April 26.

Several videos and pictures of the workers waiting for buses to return home are being shared on social media.
The scene looked similar to the one we saw last year when the nation-wide lockdown was announced in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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20 Apr
The @DelhiPolice organised a Green Corridor on April 19 to clear the way for two oxygen tankers heading to a hospital in Paschim Vihar that had almost run out of oxygen.
@DelhiPolice The Action Bajaj hospital with 235 COVID patients had no oxygen to meet the requirements until the tankers arrived.
@DelhiPolice The two tankers, one carrying 14,000 litres of oxygen and the other, 5,500 litres, were stuck in Noida and Faridabad due to the night curfew in Delhi. The Police had previously helped to send more oxygen to other hospitals that faced a shortage.
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19 Apr
Eight Police officers and special rangers were held hostage on April 18 by supporters of a racial Islamist party in Pakistan, said the officials after days of violent anti-France Protests.
The country has been witnessing rioting since the last week as the leader of now-banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) was detained in Lahore after calling for the expulsion of the French ambassador.
The protests have paralysed cities and led to the deaths of six policemen, prompting the French embassy to recommend all its nationals temporarily leave the country.
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19 Apr
Two men were killed in a car crash in Texas while riding in a @Tesla car. The police said that no one was behind the wheel during the crash. The vehicle was driving at a high speed late on April 17 in the north of Houston when it slammed into a tree and burst into flames.
@Tesla “Our preliminary investigation is determining -- but it's not complete yet -- that there was no one at the wheel of that vehicle,” said Harris County Constable Mark Herman, adding that they were almost 99.9 per cent sure.
@Tesla When police arrived, one of the two victims was sitting in the front passenger seat and the other in the rear seat.
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19 Apr
While India is witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has set up a facility in New Delhi with all basic requirements, free of charge.
The COVID facility with all oxygen beds, a large number of ventilators and air-conditioning is set up by DRDO complying with the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.
If a patient suffers a neuro or cardiac case then the patient will be referred to the All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
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17 Apr
In an appalling case of apathy, a recorded conversation between a COVID patient in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow and an official of the coronavirus command centre has raised concerns about the facility set up by the state to facilitate the treatment of patients and assist them. Image
Santosh Kumar Singh, along with his wife, got himself tested for COVID-19 on April 10. The couple decided to self-isolate after reporting symptoms of the virus.
On April 12, reports confirmed that the two were infected with the virus, reported India Today. Relying on the UP government's claim that one phone call to the COVID-19 command centre can get help, Santosh Kumar Singh called the helpline.
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17 Apr
Bengaluru is witnessing a massive surge in COVID-19 infections in the second wave of the pandemic. With the spike in deaths, crematoriums and graveyards are overflowing with bodies. Image
The workers at several of these facilities, however, say that they have not been paid for months and have threatened to stop operations in the coming days.
Anthony, who has been working as a gravedigger in Bengaluru since 1974, says that the pandemic has made his work more stressful. The 65-year-old, however, also alleged that he has not been paid for more than a year.
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17 Apr
BJP Leader from West Bengal Chandra Kumar Bose said that they have failed as a nation and as a political party to adhere to the COVID-19 norms. Image
While speaking on a debate on NDTV about COVID-19 protocols being flouted in the election-bound states, Bose said, ”We have failed as a nation, we have failed as a political party to adhere to COVID norms,”
adding that all political parties should be on same page and fight the virus together.
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27 Mar
Road and rail traffic was disrupted in several parts of #punjab and #Haryana during the 12- hr #BharatBandh called by farmers on March 26 to protest against the three controversial farm laws.
In other parts of the country, there was partial response to the bandh.

Farmers blocked national highways and other major roads at several places in Punjab and Haryana. They squatted on railway tracks at several locations.
A railway spokesperson said four Shatabdi trains were cancelled, 35 other passenger trains were detained and the movement of 40 goods trains was affected by the protests.
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27 Mar
With a single day spike of 36, 902 COVID-19 cases, the Maharashtra government has imposed a night curfew across the state starting from Sunday, March 28.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered all the authorities to “strictly enforce” night curfew rules so that the transmission of COVID-19 is contained in the state.
Shopping malls will be closed from 8 pm to 7 am, the order said.
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27 Mar
Nalin Yadav, a co-accused comedian in the case of standup comedian Munawar Faruqui, has quit his passion to make people laugh and now works as a daily wage labourer earning ₹200 per day.
Yadav, who recently came out on interim bail, was arrested along with Faruqui and five others for allegedly "insulting Hindu deities" during a show in Indore on the night of January 1.
The 57 days which he spent in jail turned his life upside down. He went from being a famous comedian in Indore to working as a labourer in an industrial area in Pithampur of Dhar district.
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26 Mar
Nearly 15 fashion companies, including high-end brands, are lagging in meeting their environmental, sustainability, and social targets of the Paris climate agreement and US Sustainable Development Goals, revealed a new report by The Business of Fashion.
The report released on Monday, March 22, publicly disclosed information from the five biggest companies by revenue in three categories - luxury, sportswear and high-street fashion.
These included Hermès, Moët Hennessy, Louis Vuitton (LVMH), H&M, Adidas etc.
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26 Mar
On May 23, 2013, Chhota Devi from Rajasthan was married off when she was just 14-year-old. She faced threats from her husband and in-laws, was terrorised by caste-panchayat and was thrown out of the house by her parents. She also had to drop out of college following a scare.
Eventually, Devi learned to work at a ticket counter of a cinema hall. Almost eight years later, a local court in Jodhpur last week finally nullified her child marriage with Mahendra Sihag.
According to Devi, now 21, Sihag is 'a good for nothing drunkard'. Devi said she does not know Sihag's exact age but recalls that he was around 23 back in 2013.
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26 Mar
The Opposition #Mahagathbandhan MLAs in #Bihar observed a statewide Bandh on March 26 to protest against forceful eviction of opposition MLAs from the assembly when they were agitating against the police bill two days back.
The Mahagathbandhan parties, which include the CPI (Communist Party of India), CPI(M), and CPI(ML), announced their support to the farmer unions' call for a Bharat Bandh against the farm laws and joined the #BiharBandh
On Thursday, Rashtriya Janata Dal MLA and Leader of Opposition, Tejashwi Yadav, had called for Bihar Bandh on March 26 in protest and said the day would be observed as a "black day".
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26 Mar
Kaushav Sanyal, a karate instructor, is imparting ‘unarmed martial arts’ training to girls.
The father of an eight-year-old decided to train girls after being shocked by an incident of gangrape and murder in South 24 Paragans, West Bengal. He said that the training could help girls to be their own saviours.
“To protest and resist injustice is every girls’ right. Defend yourself first. This is how a girl can protect herself from such an encounter,” he said.
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26 Mar
India had a terrific win at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi, as women bagged gold, silver and bronze in the women's pistol event.
The trio of Chinky Yadav, Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat won the team gold medal in the women's 25m pistol event of the shooting World Cup on Thursday, March 25.
They shot a total of 17, beating Poland's trio, Joanna Iwona Wawrzonowska, Julita Borek and Agnieszka Korejwo, who scored 7 at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, reported Economic Times.
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26 Mar
A new study has suggested that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted the mental health of young people, and increased levels of clinical depression were identified among them. The study was published in the journal named 'Psychiatry Research'.
The researchers from the University of Surrey surveyed 259 young people pre-pandemic in autumn 2019 and in the middle of initial lockdown measures in May or June 2020, on their levels of depression, anxiety, wellbeing, alcohol use, and sleep quality.
After conducting the survey, the researchers found out that there was a substantial impact on the mental health of these young adults due to the pandemic.
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26 Mar
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore has developed a cost-effective new asparaginase drug with lesser side-effects to treat Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Asparaginase is an enzyme that is used as a medication, using the protein engineering approach.
ALL is a type of blood cancer representing nearly a quarter of cancer cases diagnosed among children. Around 25,000, new cases of ALL are diagnosed every year in India.
The institute said that repeated administration of asparaginase, currently to treat ALL, causes serious side-effects such as allergic reactions, neurotoxicity, among others.
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26 Mar
Three class 10 students from Shiv Nadar School in Gurugram have launched their own e-newsletter called the Paperless Press. The focus of the e-paper is to bring positive and good news for all age groups.
The idea came up in July 2020 when Abhimanyu, Agasthya and Mihir Rao were wondering how a change can be brought in these distressing times, they decided to launch the paper.
"Lest we forget what positive news looked like, we decided to launch our own source of joy," said Agastya. While Abhimanyu and Agastya are twins, Mihir has been their best friends for over five years.
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26 Mar
If we want to change the world, we have to start with our own selves. This is the mantra with which I started initiating efforts to conserve water in my city—Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.
I was studying in 9th standard and had been observing students of my school - both seniors and juniors - wasting water while filling their bottles or washing their hands during recess.
On several occasions, I asked them to be careful of their actions and to keep a check on the wastage. I was, however, threatened and brushed aside by many who said that if it bothered me, perhaps I should stand near the tap and shut it.
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